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Art - Antiques

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Antiques and Collectibles – Art

 

General

Books

Bottles

Clocks

Coins and Paper Money

Folk Art

Furniture

Glass

Jewelry

Militaria

Miscellaneous

Musical Instruments

Photographs and Cameras

Posters and Prints

Pottery and Porcelain

Preserving Your Treasures/Disaster Recovery

Silver

Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia

Stamps

Toys, Dolls, and Games

 

General

 

Antiques and the Arts Online  

http://www.antiquesandthearts.com 

Listings of auctions and calendar of antiques shows from the nation's leading weekly publication on the trade.

 

Antiques Roadshow  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html 

Find schedules for the tours and TV broadcasts, biographies of the appraisers, and learn tips of the appraisal trade from the popular PBS television show.

 

Antique Trader

http://www.antiquetrader.com/GeneralMenu

Articles, classifieds, message boards, event listings, and additional resources.

 

Christie's   

http://www.christies.com

This fine art auctioneer provides information about how to buy and sell at auction. Print out a form from this site to request a free "auction estimate" of the value of a picture or collectible. The auction estimate requires a registration.

 

TIAS - The Internet Antique Shop

http://www.tias.com

Excellent links to collectors' sites. Includes artwork, coins, dolls, household items, jewelry, postcards, sports cards, stamps, table settings, toys, vintage clothing, and other collectibles. Shopping for antiques and collectibles can be done from the home page at Tias.com.

 

eBay

http://www.ebay.com 

Describing itself as "the world's online marketplace," eBay offers users the opportunity to sell and bid over the Internet. Browse or search to see what prices are being paid for art, antiques, collectibles, and more. Message boards and articles about collectibles are available in the Community section.

 

Go Antiques

http://www.goantiques.com 

Visit here for links to online auctions, an online collectible auctioneers directory, auction calendars, and  auction news.

 

iCollector

http://www.icollector.com

A resource for bidding on and previewing online art, antiques, and collectibles auctions worldwide. Search auction house catalogs, visit dealer and gallery sites, and link to associations and publications.

 

Kovels' On-Line Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles

http://www.kovels.com 

Searchable guide to history and prices of antiques and collectibles. Prices of over 340,000 items are available with a free account.

 

Prices4Antiques

http://www.prices4antiques.com 

An antiques reference database which is updated daily. Although a subscription site, the free preview option lets visitors search the database by object category and type.

 

Sotheby's

http://www.sothebys.com 

Schedule of events and auction results for this venerable auction house. Using a form on the site, ask one of the specialists to give an "auction estimate" of  an artwork or a collectible.

 

Worthopedia

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia

Although currently in beta form, visitors can search for items in order to locate a description and an auction sales price. A free registration enables users to post questions in the forums.

 

Books

 

AbeBooks

http://www.abebooks.com/books/RareBooks/?cm_sp=TopNav-_-Home-_-RBR

The form allows you to include features like first edition, signed, and dust jacket.

 

Alibris

http://www.alibris.com/books/rare-collectible

Here you can "discover first editions, antique books, signed books, and other hard-to-find books—fond treasures from your childhood and yesteryear."  A great source for buyers and for those wishing to know the value of books they own.

 

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association

http://www.abaa.org/book/advanced-search

A search form for finding old, rare books and what they are monetarily worth.

 

BookFinder

http://www.bookfinder.com

Book price comparisons online, and you can check features, such as first edition or signed volumes.

 

How Much Is My Old Book Worth?

http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/humanities/index.aspx?id=3024

Some ideas for how to look up your items compiled by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

 

 

Bottles

 

Antique Bottle Collector's Haven

http://www.antiquebottles.com

A directory of web sites arranged by bottle type. Also provides tips to dating bottles, a glossary, and how to clean antique bottles.

 

Antique Soda & Beer Bottles

http://www.angelfire.com/pa4/heiss

The history and means by which to date these types of bottles.

 

The Bottle Den

http://bottleden.com

Antique bottle links, bottle slideshows, and information about molds. The site features articles primarily about pre-Civil War pontiled soda bottles and porters.

 

The Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors

http://www.fohbc.com

Information about collecting bottles (a listing of affiliated clubs by U.S. and Canadian geographic regions, a calendar of shows and auctions, and a collectors database).

 

Glass Factory Marks on Bottles

http://www.myinsulators.com/glass-factories/bottlemarks.html

Researchers can browse alphabetically arranged lists of marks/initials to locate information about about the manufacturer.

 

Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information

http://www.sha.org/bottle/index.htm

Information about bottle attributes (bases, seams, shapes, finishes, and colors) and additional resources to help determine the approximate manufacturing age range of an antique bottle.

 

Old Bottle Identification and Dating Guide

http://www.mattsoldhouse.com/MC/bottles/bottletypes/bottletypes.htm

Pictures of bottle finishes (lips), brief descriptions, and approximate years of manufacture.

 

Clocks

 

Antique Clocks Price Guide

http://www.antiqueclockspriceguide.com

Refer to the blue tabbed menu to locate additional information concerning clock values, model names, and clockmakers' names.

 

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc.

http://www.nawcc.org

Includes a virtual museum, links to other horological web sites, and information about the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

 

Coins and Paper Money

 

American Numismatic Association

http://www.money.org

This organization has information for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. The "Marketplace" includes a list of member dealers. Look here for facts about the 1943 copper penny and other frequently asked questions.

 

Banknotes.com

http://www.banknotes.com

Although this is primarily a commercial site for a bank note appraiser, it offers a very nice Currency Museum with illustrations of many currencies, including those recently retired by introduction of the Euro.

 

Bureau of Engraving and Printing  

http://www.bep.treas.gov 

Production statistics, images of currency, history of the bills, symbolism, African Americans on currency, detecting counterfeit, and information for collectors.

 

The Coins of Colonial and Early America

http://www.coins.nd.edu/ColCoin/ColCoinContents/TitlePage.html

"Features discussions, descriptions and images of the coins and tokens used in Colonial and Confederation America." A project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment. From the University of Notre Dame, Special Collections.

 

The United States Mint

http://www.usmint.gov 

A history of the mint, how coins are made, and facts on those now circulating. Check the "What's New" section to get the latest on the 50 state commemorative quarters and other happenings around the mint.

 

 

Folk Art 

 

The American Folk Art Museum: Collections

http://collection.folkartmuseum.org

Images of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and textiles from the museum's collection.

 

Folk Art Links

http://folkartmuseum.org/resources/collections-and-education-center

Prepared by the Folk Art Society of America, a selection of links to folk art sites.

 

Museum of International Folk Art

http://www.moifa.org/collection

Images of items created by various cultures throughout the world.

 

Smithsonian: Folk Art and Craft

https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/folkart

 Images from the Smithsonian's collections related to crafts, textiles, and folk art.

 

Furniture

 

A Century of Chairs

http://www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/online/a-century-of-chairs 

"This installation of chairs from the Design Museum Collection shows how the design of the chair has evolved from Michael Thonet’s invention of mass-manufactured furniture in the late 1800s and the early Modern Movement chairs of the early 1900s to the technologically advanced chairs of today."

 

Connected Lines

http://www.connectedlines.com/styleguide/index.htm

Identify and research furniture styles by viewing drawings of selected items. Viewing the basic drawings is free, but a software purchase is necessary to examine furniture profiles.

 

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

http://decorativearts.library.wisc.edu

Over 100 images of early American furniture. To find information about when and where the item was made, click on the photograph to view the item record.

 

History of Furniture Timeline

http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/hoft/timeline.html

A chart depicting furniture styles during certain periods in both Europe and the United States.

 

Kovels: Furniture

https://www.kovels.com/price-guide/furniture-clocks-lighting-price-guide/furniture.html

Price guides to furniture. Requires a free registration to view prices.

 

Glass

 

Carnival Glass 101

http://www.carnivalheaven.com/carnivalglass103/id76.htm

Marks on Carnival glass and maker identification. Also consult to the "quick reference" section for additional information.

 

Carnival Glass Maker Marks

http://www.ddoty.com/makermarks.html

Photographs of marks accompanied by a brief summary. Also consult the A-Z directory for additional resources.

 

Corning Museum of Glass

http://www.cmog.org

Glass resources and information about the museum's collections.

 

Early American Pattern Glass Society

http://www.eapgs.org

Consult the tabs on the right side of the page for information about glass museums, clubs, pattern profiles, and more.

 

Glassware Links

http://inkspotantiques.com/shop/index.php?main_page=page_2

A directory of glassware identification websites.

 

Jewelry 

 

Jewellery Through the Ages

https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/jewellery

Articles about art deco, art nouveau, and other period jewelry. From the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Jewelry Patents

http://www.jewelrypatents.com

Arranged by company, this browsable directory provides patent numbers and drawings.

 

Militaria

Museum of the American Revolution

http://www.amrevmuseum.org

The Museum of the American Revolution will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. I

 

National Firearms Museum

http://www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org

Virtual tours through several galleries, with arms dating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and wars in the 20th century. 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Dr. Egon Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

http://www.nyhistory.org/dr-egon-neustadt-collection-tiffany-glass

Housed at The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture at the New York Historical Society, visitors can view over 100 images of Tiffany lamps, lampshades, and windows.

 

Ephemera Society of America

http://www.ephemerasociety.org

Articles, news, exhibits, and examples of ephemera.

 

Index of American Design

https://www.nga.gov/education/teachers/teaching-packets/index-american-design.html

"Surveys of the Index of American Design consists of approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century."

 

Quilt Index

http://www.quiltindex.org

"This website currently features images and information, provided by an array of contributors, on thousands of quilts from documentation projects, museums, libraries, and private collections."

 

Musical Instruments

 

Dating Instruments Using Patent Numbers

http://www.mugwumps.com/patents.htm

A chart that shows "the first patent number issued in each year, so if you have a patent number, this easily yields the approximate date to begin with."

 

Kovel's: Music

http://www.kovels.com/price-guide/musical-collectibles-price-guide/music.html  

A listing of of instruments and their values. A free registration is required to view price information.

 

National Music Museum

http://www.usd.edu/smm

Virtual tours, a list of several instrument makers, and checklists of musical instruments. Consult the museum's list to other web sites for information about serial numbers, histories of instrument makers, and finding appraisers.

 

 

Photographs and Cameras 

 

Antique Wood Cameras

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/cameras/wood

An overview, images, and related resources from The Collectors Weekly.

 

Historic Camera

http://www.historiccamera.com

Message boards, photo gallery, and historical camera information.

 

Photographic Processes

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/photographic-p

A guide to various types of photographic processes from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Photography Collecting

http://www.iphotocentral.com/collecting/article_view.php/11/11/1

Describes factors in evaluating a photograph, such as condition, subject, and authenticity.

 

Posters and Prints

 

International Fine Print Dealers Association: Artist Database

http://www.ifpda.org/artists

Find an IFPDA member who exhibits an artist's works.  Also offers a selection of web links and information about prints.

 

International Poster Gallery

http://www.internationalposter.com

Browse posters for sale or consult the "about poster art" section for information about collecting posters.

 

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital

Images from the collections of The New York Public Library, including vintage posters and rare prints.

 

The Philadelphia Print Shop: Links of Interest

http://www.philaprintshop.com/links.html

Links to several antique prints sites. Other sections of the website include an image gallery and and a reference library.

 

Posters: American Style

http://americanart.si.edu/collections/exhibits/posters/index.html

"Posters American Style, which accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name, brings together some of the great graphic images made in the United States over the past century."

 

Pottery and Porcelain

 

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

http://tinyurl.com/j6e8y

Browse images of ceramics from the Chipstone and Longridge Collections.

 

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/collection/emuseum  

View images of the museum's collection by geographical area.

 

International Ceramic Directory

http://www.ceramic-link.de/Seiten/ICD-Historical2.htm

Links to several sites that offer images of pottery marks for specific makers throughout the world.

 

Porcelain Marks and More

http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com

A resource to help identify porcelain marks. Topics include a factory index, a glossary, and information about marks on reproduction pieces.

 

PotteryMarks

http://www.perfectpieces.co.uk/potterymarks.php

A database of pottery marks to help identify pottery.

 

Silver

 

American Silversmiths

http://tinyurl.com/4owjw2

Useful resources include an index of silversmiths and an index of initial marks.

 

English Silver Hallmarks

http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLISHSILVERMARKSEG.html

An illustrated index of English silver hallmarks.

 

Kovels Antique Marks for American Silver

http://www.kovels.com/marks/american-silver-other-metals.html

American silver marks with images; listing of 7,700 silver manufacturers

 

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks

http://www.925-1000.com

Information about silver marks, a glossary, articles, a forum, and more.

 

Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia

 

Beckett.com

http://www.beckett.com  

Beckett Media offers collectors instant access to more than twenty-two million sports memorabilia items from close to 1,200 hobby shops worldwide and auctions. While a subscription is necessary to view many portions of the site, one is not necessary to read forum postings or to browse the marketplace.

 

thePit.com: Sports Cards - Industry & Grading

https://www.thepit.com/learning-center/industry-grading

Learn about the factors which affect value and grading. Visitors can also browse auction listings.

 

Tuff Stuff Magazine

http://www.tuffstuff.com/GeneralMenu

Free price guides, auctions, news, and forums.

 

Stamps

American Philatelic Society

http://stamps.org

Useful links, resources for children, and information about upcoming stamp shows.

 

National Postal Museum: Stamp Collecting

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/stamp/5_stamp.html

This introduction to stamp collecting (covers topics such as which stamps to collect, soaking stamps, useful tools, and preservation. Includes links to other resources for stamp collectors. From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

 

United States Postal Service

https://store.usps.com/store/

Find the latest stamps and stamp collectibles, tips on starting a stamp collection, and a "Glossary of Philatelic Terms."

 

Toys, Dolls, and Games

 

The Antique Dolls Collectors Online Advisor

http://www.antiquedolls-collectors-onlineadvisors.com

Images and descriptions of doll types, message boards, and questions and answers.

 

Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors

http://www.agpc.org

"The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (AGPC)...is the world's foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles."

 

Doll Reference

http://www.dollreference.com

"A guide to doll collecting and identifying dolls from 1800 to the 1970's, Antique to Vintage dolls, over 10,000 photos, descriptions and markings are included. Dolls are listed by the doll manufacturer on each page.

 

Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games

http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca

Provides the history of many games and puzzles, illustrations, and general descriptions of how the games are played (but not detailed rules). Includes a special section on Inuit (Eskimo) games. Browsable by category, name of game, or "ethnographic and geopolitical index." From the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

 

Museum of Childhood: Collections

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc

Categories include dolls, toys, teddy bears, and games.  Each section provides an overview and images.

 

Pastimes and Paradigms: Games We Play

http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/games/intro.html

This exhibition of "the evolution of games since 1800 ... includes a wide variety of antique and contemporary games, as well as rare books on rules, strategies, and recreation. From Cornell University Library.

 

The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia

http://www.toynfo.com

Pictures and information about vintage toys, dolls, and action figures.

 

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